Dreadtober 2020: Celestial Lions Dreadnought

Dreadtober is an annual painting challenge that runs every October. Much like Zomtober, I’d been looking forward to it and using it for motivation to get some stuff done.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Also much like Zomtober, (and Orktober!) I forgot about it this year because of the rolling shitshow dumpster fire that 2020 has been until the last minute, so I didn’t sign up over on their main page. In fact, I had only a few days to try to complete something – so I chose one of the Dreadnoughts I had planned to paint for this challenge in 2019. And it was still in the exact same condition as the photo, too!

Yeah. Basically that’s it. Sprayed gold, nothing on the base, a touch of steel and blue on the arms. So it was time to kick things into gear.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Luckily these old-school Casteferrum Space Marine Dreadnoughts are pretty simple to paint, really – and these AOBR models are even simpler, as they omit and condense some of the extra details found on the various multipart kits. I did need ot finally pull my finger out and make some Celestial Lions decals along with some others I’ve been needing for other projects, which took a good part of an evening.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Generally speaking, I kept the paint pretty simple. As well as the orangey-gold I use for the Lions and the steel, there are some coppers and a bit of discolouration on some of the elements. A Black Templars decal respects the previous custodians of the Ancient’s suit.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

The model was still a little plain, so I also added some heat discolouration to the Assault Cannon barrels. That arm of course is from the Ancient Dreadnought kit. Since I try to avoid gluing Dreadnought arms on if poissible and this one isn’t a great fit, there’s a blob of blu-tac in there as well!

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Since the Celestial Lions Chapter has a pseudo-African heritage, I also did some freehand on the right greave, and gave the Ancient an African name (from someone I know IRL). Also a nice shot alongside a Primaris Lieutenant and a flame trooper.

And that’s it!

Dreadtober 2017 Completion #2: Mentor Legion Dreadnought

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Today we have the second (and last) model I finished for Dreadtober 2017.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

When I restarted on this model for Dreadtober, most of the basic work was already done. Long done in some parts, and then piecemeal during the various times I’ve tried to make myself complete the model over the years, but it had been a real albatross for a long, long time. My Dreadtober work, then – was a bit of final cleaning up, shading, highlighting, de-skittling parts of the model, and then of course adding in the iconography. There are some Easter Eggs here for those who recognise them as well.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The model is the old, 2nd edition Metal Space Marine Dreadnought with a Plasma Cannon converted from the Multi-Melta and a metal Space Marine Plasma Cannon, because none of those parts existed when I built this model – not even the resin Plasma Cannons from Forge World. The arm is magnetised, and all that metal is why it droops a little. I’ll add back in a little bit of blu-tac which will reinforce the magnet enough to hold itself up for long periods

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The Mentor Legion were my second “proper” Space Marine army, following my Rogue Trader Ultramarines and the mess I made of them when the latter part of 2nd edition hit – which I will discuss some other day. I started the Mentor Legion when 3rd edition came out. “New Edition, New Army” wasn’t really a thing back then – certainly not as a marketing term, anyway – but it’s what I chose to do at the time.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

One of the things that put me off from finishing this model for the longest time was the lack of Mentor Legion transfers or Iconography available. Back in the 1990s, when I used a Mac (G3/233), I created a transfer sheet with Mentor Legion decals, along with many Aquila, and all sorts of other icons that would be very useful for wargaming. I purchased a sheet of decal paper, and ran it through my Inkjet. Looked amazing. After a wait to allow it to dry, I then sprayed it with a fixative as the instructions stated, and it ran and was ruined. And that was the end of that until the 30th of October 2017 when I finally tried again. Because I really wanted to add the chapter number (888) of the Mentor Legion to the model.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

Of course now, in my home office, I have a really quite good quality colour laser printer. I’ve had unused decal sheets for a few years, but again – it took the completion of this project and the deadline inherent with “Dreadtober” to get over that particular hump. I also had some 3-d printed “owl” icons made by a nice fellow on Shapeways. I’ll update the post in a few days with his details once my next order has been sent as GW has been a bit litigious with this sort of thing lately and I’m a bit tired of things I like that aren’t really enforceable being ruined by C&D’s from big corporations lately.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The rear-facing number on top of the sarcophagus was inspired by police and similar vehicles that do the same. It’s not really at a proper aircraft recognition size, but it still looks decent. I’ve gone for a “Dreadnought number” rather than using the company number of my Mentor Legion. Mentor Legion, I should point out – circa White Dwarf 98/ – as distinct from the red-raptor headed “Mentors” that they kind-of retconned the chapter into, though with such little detail that it doesn’t matter. I consider them a successor chapter, or perhaps a sub-chapter in my own head-canon. I might write it up one day, or perhaps not. Either way, there’s so little written about them post-WD98, and what came later is contradictory enough that there’s plenty of Tabla Rasa space there, so I’m sure I could write up some fluff that incorporates it well enough and would probably make more sense.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

So there we are then. I guess I’ll need to get to work on the rest of the unfinished Mentor Legion sometime soon enough, but I’ve got other stuff to clear out first before I re-start that project in earnest. It might even be a 2018 one.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread, Iron Warriors Hellbrute, Chaos Marine Dreadnought

We’ll finish with a shot of the pair of Dreads that Dreadtober motivated me to finally complete. Both finished, finally. After so many years. It feels bloody good to get this pair of monkeys off my back.